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Deepak Balgobin responds to Labor MP, Shakeel Mohamed. The latter affirmed that there is a risk for customers of the State Bank of Mauritius (SBM) of not being able to access their bank accounts. According to him, the SAFE submarine fiber optic cable is on the verge of no longer being able to provide connections to SBM servers located in India. “This is completely false. Shakeel Mohamed inn bizin fer so show. β€œIt's just that the SBM has served SAFE cable, I'm at Tata Consulting,” he said. The minister then corrected his remarks by indicating that the connection is indeed made via SAFE, but through the services of Tata Consulting, not Mauritius Telecom.

He also specified that the necessary steps have been taken to replace the SAFE cable, the end of operations of which is scheduled for 2027. Indeed, Mauritius Telecom has already put the T3 cable into service in addition to the LION cable. Finally, the Minister of Technology affirmed that free internet for young people aged 18 to 25 announced in the 2024-2025 Budget “will arrive very soon”. He was answering questions from the press following a Mauritius Telecom ceremony on Tuesday at the Intercontinental Hotel in Balaclava.

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